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Kathleen Maletic Neuzil, MD, MPH, Director, Fogarty International Center

Dr. Kathleen Maletic Neuzil is director of the Fogarty International Center and associate director for international research at the National Institutes of Health. She joined Fogarty on May 6, 2024.

Dr. Neuzil is an internationally recognized researcher with a strong global health background, a demonstrated record of achievement in leading diverse teams and networks, and experience with the administration of major national and international collaborative research programs. Her research has been instrumental in implementing vaccines against the most common causes of disability and death in populations around the world.

Dr. Neuzil has conducted clinical and epidemiologic studies on vaccine-preventable diseases and her scientific contributions encompass design and execution of clinical trials as well as leadership of large, multicenter field studies and vaccine implementation programs. Her work in the field of vaccinology spans multiple infectious diseases, including influenza, rotavirus, human papillomavirus, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, and COVID-19.  She has authored or co-authored more than 340 scientific publications and has more than two decades of experience in vaccine policy. 

Dr. Neuzil is currently a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization and, previously, she served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

Immediately prior to Fogarty, Dr. Neuzil served as the Myron M. Levine MD DTPH Professor in Vaccinology, professor of medicine and pediatrics, director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, and chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Before this, she was a clinical professor in the departments of medicine and global health at the University of Washington in Seattle. Mentorship of the next generation of vaccine scientists has been a fundamental principle throughout her career; she’s committed to academic support of her trainees at all levels.

From 2005-2015, she worked for PATH, an international, nonprofit global health organization based in Seattle, Washington. Her appointments there included clinical director of the Rotavirus Vaccine Program; director of the Influenza Vaccine Project; and director of the Vaccine Access and Delivery Global Program. Throughout her career, Dr. Neuzil has assisted national scientific organizations, including NIH, in various capacities. Most recently, she served on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Special Emphasis Panel and the institute’s Vaccine Research Center Scientific Advisory Panel. She was a former vice president and director on the board of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.  And she has been co-director of the COVID-19 Prevention Network since it launched in 2020. 

Her portfolio of international activities includes membership on several WHO committees in addition to SAGE. Dr. Neuzil has also facilitated multiple worldwide conferences, including the Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum in Seoul, South Korea, the 15th International Conference on Diarrheal Disease & Nutrition in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the 2023 International Conference on Typhoid & Other Invasive Salmonelloses. She has served on the faculty in the Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC), Annecy, France since 2004.  She previously advised the Global Typhoid Genomics Consortium, the BactiVac Network Advisory Board, and the Global Virus Network. 

Dr. Neuzil’s numerous honors and awards include membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the National Academy of Medicine; the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award; the Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award from the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy; and the University of Maryland Baltimore Researcher of the Year. She is a member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Neuzil is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in zoology, summa cum laude, from University of Maryland, College Park; her MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and her MPH from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Neuzil completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine and her infectious disease fellowship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.



  • University of Maryland (summa cum laude), BS, Zoology, 1983
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society), 1987
  • Residency, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, 1987-1991
  • Fellowship, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 1991-1994
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MPH, 1998

Professional Accomplishments

  • Served as acting chief of medical service in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, TN
  • Directed PATH’s Vaccine Access and Delivery Global Program
  • Served as clinical professor in the departments of medicine and global health at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Achieved tenure as a professor in the departments of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Updated  May 8, 2024